Beginning of May in our garden……

May 5, 2011

Just a few pics of our garden yesterday, after some light showers of rain…

We’re letting the curly kale go to seed in the hope of collecting them this year, and their flowers are the most colourful thing in the veggie garden at the moment.

The onions and garlic planted last autumn are doing well and the early potatoes are flying up too, especially now we’ve started our night time slug hunt.
Salads, carrots and parsnips are slow due to the long dry spell but will hopefully perk up now we’ve had a shower.
The strawberry plants are full of flowers so we’re hoping for another good crop. I’ll also be taking some of the tips picked up from The Red Kitchen, a Meath based jam and chutney business and hope to make jam this year that won’t be going mouldy. The fruit bushes are starting to swell with currents so fingers crossed for our first good crop.
Peas and lettuce sown directly in February are flying along but my French beans are being munched on by something sneaky… hopefully nothing more serious than slugs but I’m keeping a close eye.
The front garden is starting to look pretty too…



The borage self seeded and is flowering away, attracting the bees.


The Honesty (Lunaria) planted from seed last year, although windswept are still filling the garden with my favourite colour and goregeous scent.

… we divided the lupins in the early spring and are looking forward to six displays this year.

I’ll be stripping some comfrey leaves off soon to use as a mulch in the polytunnel…. and we keep meaning to move the herbs but haven’t gotten around to it yet…. anyone for oregano, sage or fennel?

Number one job now is to source some straw to use as a mulch to prevent weeds and keep the moisture into our clayey soil.

Very much looking forward to the months ahead in the garden …


  • Reply Binnie May 5, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    What a Treat this all looks ! well done x x

  • Reply Greenside Up May 5, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Thanks Binnie 🙂

  • Reply Alexis May 5, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    What a delightful garden! I am terribly jealous. It's barely begun to warm up enough to do much of anything in the way of gardening.

  • Reply Greenside Up May 6, 2011 at 7:32 am

    Thanks Alexis 🙂 We've just had an unseasonably long, dry spell… no rain for about 6 weeks I think, so lots slow to germinate. Hopefully it will warm up for you soon and you can get outside.

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